Just imagine if you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life: Say hello to your skin. Skin is the largest organ of the human body, and it helps regulate body temperature and protect us from dangerous microbes and bacteria. The skin is often taken for granted. In the winter, it’s broiled under a tanning bed; while in the summer, it often suffers from sunscreen neglect. Only after sun spots, wrinkles, or cellulose begin to appear do we seriously consider the damage we are doing to our outsides.
Just as smoking is linked to premature aging, wrinkles, and yellow fingers, the food you put into your body can be dulling, or even damaging, to your complexion. While smoking has been overwhelmingly branded as unhealthy, the foods that can cause damage to your skin are not as obvious. Sometimes even the healthiest foods can put a strain on your collagen or elastin (a protein found in connective tissue). Though certain foods can be helpful tools in preserving your natural sheen, here’s a list of some that are especially bad for your skin.